Do you have some leftover whipped cream in your fridge? Don't throw it away! You'll be surprised to find out how many (delicious) uses it can have.
Whipped cream is one of life's small pleasures - not only does it enhance the taste of your desserts but it also helps them look fabulous! Whenever I make sweets, whether I bake muffins or I whip up a chocolate mousse, I like to add some whipped cream on top most of the time. I enjoy it thanks to its sweet and soft touch. Usually, I go for store-bought whipped cream, but when I really have time to spend in the kitchen, I like to whip the cream myself - I think it's tastier like that than the store-bought version.
How to make whipped cream
Whipping cream doubles its volume when it’s whipped. One cup of whipping cream will yield about 2 cups of whipped cream. If you want to add some more flavors to the mix, you can opt for vanilla, orange, or almond extract, citrus zest, or a few drops of bourbon or rum.
You can use a stand mixer, a hand mixer, or a simple whisk to make great whipped cream. Keep the whipping cream in the refrigerator right up the moment you're ready to whip it, then pour it into a metallic or plastic bowl. If you want to use flavors, now’s the time to add them to that bowl. Start whipping on medium speed. The perfectly finished whipped cream must have firm peaks. To get them, you should whisk it for about 7 to 8 minutes, but the time frame depends on how much cream you’re whipping. You can stop when the peaks in the whipped cream hold firmly but have slightly softened tips.
When you have reached that result, stop whipping and serve the cream. If you whip it for a shorter while, your cream will end up too soft, while whipping it more will give it a grainy texture.
You should serve the whipped cream right away. If you don't do that immediately, keep it in the fridge until the time comes.
If you happen to make a significant batch of whipped cream and don't know what to do with it, don’t throw it away! Here are a few tips on what to do with your leftover whipped cream.
5 great ways to use your leftover whipped cream
1. Oatmeal breakfast
You don't need too many instructions for your oatmeal breakfast. Just follow your recipe and then stir in a tablespoon or two of whipped cream, along with dried fruits and nuts. Your oatmeal will be fluffier and sweeter; for this reason, try to reduce the sweetener you use. Are you making oatmeal to post on your Instagram account? Top it with whipped cream and then add some fresh berries on top!
2. Upgrade your breakfast
Use your leftover whipped cream to upgrade your morning meal. Top your pancakes, crepes, French toast or waffles with a few tablespoons of whipped cream. You can even add it to your hot chocolate. (We urge you to try that as well)
3. Add it to your coffee
Coffee and whipped cream go hand in hand! Even if you're supposed to serve the cream immediately, it lasts several days in the refrigerator. That's a plausible excuse to sweeten your coffee with it. If you drink your coffee with sugar, add just a tiny amount of whipped cream. Or, try to use less sugar from the start and swap it for whipped cream.
4. Ice cream or mousse
Add your leftover whipped cream to your ice cream recipe. This way you’ll make an exciting hybrid between whipped cream and ice cream. The result will have the consistency of a cold mousse, and you'll want to try it at once! Or, if you blend leftover whipped cream with condensed milk, you’ll get some great ice cream! Just mix the ingredients for about 4 minutes, until the mixture is thick and creamy, then transfer it to the freezer.
Another option at your fingertips is to make chocolate mousse. Make a quick chocolate ganache (or just melt some chocolate), let it cool, and fold it gently in your leftover whipped cream.
5. Freeze it for later
When you’re not in the mood for cooking something, and you still have too much leftover whipped cream, freeze it! Spoon it onto a wax parchment-lined baking sheet or use a piping tip and pipe delicate little swirls. Transfer the dollops or swirls into the freezer until they're solid, then store them in a freezer bag until you need it.
Use the frozen whipped cream in your coffee or hot cocoa. You can also use the frozen swirls to top a hot pie or fruit crumble. Just let them sit out for 15 to 20 minutes to thaw, then spoil yourself and your loved ones!